A politician needs the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn't happen.
Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.
If you can't convince them, confuse them.
When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President. I'm beginning to believe it.
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don't want them to become politicians in the process.
We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.
Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks.
A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country.
He knows nothing and thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.
The ballot is stronger than the bullet.
I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.
Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country.
One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.
Power is like being a lady... if you have to tell people you are, you aren't.
Of the people, by the people, for the people.
Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you!
Politics is the art of choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.
Illegal aliens have always been a problem in the United States. Ask any Indian.
In Mexico an air conditioner is called a politician because it makes a lot of noise but doesn't work very well.
A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.
If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman.
It's wonderful to be here in the great state of Chicago.
I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.
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